Today, India is celebrating the National Technology Day. The day is marked every year on May 11 to underline country’s historic achievement of successfully test firing its first nuclear bombs in 1998. According to IE, Indian had conducted the Pokhran-II nuclear tests, where 5 explosives of the same nature had been tested between May 11 and May 13. The first explosive was a fusion device while the rest four were fission devices. The nuclear tests had been conducted under then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and were led by the late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr Kalam-led team of scientists successfully test-fired the Shakti-1 nuclear missile from Rajasthan’s Pokhran. According to a CNN News18 report, India’s first indigenous aircraft, the Hansa 3 had also taken its first flight from Bengaluru. The DRDO had also added to the day’s significance in Indian history by completing the test-firing of India’s Surface to Air Trishul Missile. Trishul was later included in the armoury of the Indian Army as a part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of India.
All these massive technological advancements took place on the same day, which led to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announcing it as the National Technology Day.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the significance of technology through a series of tweets. He said, “On this occasion, a post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s website shows how Technology has always acted as a means to empowerment for people.” “Need of the hour is to focus on the application of science and technology,” he added.
The Prime Minister also spoke about artificial intelligence’s growing influence and the ever-growing significance of space technology. According to PTI, the PM also said “Greetings to everyone, especially our industrious scientists and those passionate about technology, on National Technology Day.” “We remain grateful to our scientists & the then political leadership for the courage shown in Pokhran in 1998,” he added.